8th Jazz 'n' Java Performance Highlights UHS, Unity East and West music programs

The Jazz 'n' Java program on May 10, 2018, featured good music and good food.   Held in Philo, the program showcased the smaller vocal and instrumental ensembles from the high school and Unity West and East in a relaxed atmosphere.

Proceeds from the raffle and the sale of food and beverages benefitted the Unity Music Boosters.

Unity seniors attend the 69th commencement

The Unity High School 69th commencement exercises were held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Tolono.  Lauren Frost gave the commencement address.

St. Thomas School addition ready to go

The Philo village board of trustees was given a sneak peek of the new construction project at St. Thomas School at Tuesday’s meeting.   Father Keith Walder and the architect of the project, Bob  Kapolnek of KAP Architecture narrated a slide show of rendered drawings and plans for the proposed building addition. 

2018 Unity Alumni Hall of Fame Profiles

Four Unity High School graduates have been chosen as the 15th class of inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Those being inducted include Brad Hatfield, Thomas Hausman, Earl Pitchford and Joy “Ready” Johannes, Class of 1981.

Construction approved for Unity Schools

TOLONO — Starting this month, Unit 7 will be replacing all the older roofs on the school buildings, with a completion date estimated for July 20.  

The roofs will be all-new construction with 25-year warranties, said Dave Ortmann, who is in charge of the project.

Clinging to Hope: Parents share stories of drug addiction

ARTHUR — The back of T-shirts Lowell and Ellen Mennenga wear bear the hope-filled words that their son Robb wrote as a teenager:

“Surrender to Him and stand with your roots in the deepest water and your branches will tickle the clouds.”

Director pitches Pixellot for brand

The Unit 7 school board is looking at a way to improve Unity High School’s branding.
Athletic Director Scott Hamilton told the board Wednesday night about Pixellot, a automated video technology from National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network for capturing sporting events.

1 Unity student among those walking out

In Champaign and Urbana, hundreds of high school students walked out of class just before 10 a.m. last Wednesday and joined a 17-minute peaceful protest inspired by the kids from Parkland, Fla.

Students learn how expensive real life can be

The real world is more expensive than some students from Unity High School thought.
Almost 50 students from Unity participated in the Real World Financial simulation at Heritage High School.
The students were given career options with a base salary and they have to pay taxes and any student loan debt.

Read the full story in the March 22 issue of The County Star.

Unity West students get some testing motivation

Unity West Elementary School students last Wednesday got a fun dose of motivation to gear them up for PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exams.

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